General and preventive dentistry are staples for a healthy, cavity-free smile. James Lee, DDS, and the team at Personalee Dental provide expert preventive care at their office in Woodland Hills, California. The team uses up-to-date dental research to provide modern preventive treatments. General and preventive dentistry can help maintain your smile now and protect it in the future. To learn more, call Personalee Dental or book an appointment online today.
General dentistry is the most common type of dental care. It focuses on preventive care to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your life. Staying up-to-date on your preventive visits lowers the risk of serious dental concerns, such as tooth decay (cavity) and periodontal disease (gum disease).
Dr. Lee and the team are constantly searching for new ways to protect your smile. They research the best preventive treatments and protocols to help you avoid time-consuming, expensive restorative work in the future.
Skipping a preventive dental cleaning may not seem like a big deal now, but avoiding these visits can have a detrimental effect on your smile later in life.
For example, if you miss your scheduled dental cleanings, you may not realize you have a cavity. In most cases, a dental filling is all you need to remove tooth decay and restore your tooth to its natural shape and size.
Unfortunately, tooth decay can spread. It destroys your tooth enamel and tooth-supporting structures, such as your gum tissue. Tooth decay can also spread to your surrounding teeth.
At that point, your cavity may be too large to treat with a simple filling. You may need a more costly treatment, such as a dental crown. That restorative treatment takes at least two visits and is more expensive than a filling. If the decay spreads beneath your gum line, you may also need a deep cleaning for your gums.
General and preventive dentistry minimize your chances of needing restorative treatments later, so you don’t have to worry about costly dental work.
The most common treatments in general and preventive dentistry include:
You should visit Dr. Lee and the team for a teeth cleaning at least twice a year, or once every six months. During the visit, the team removes plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky form of bacteria that clings to your teeth and gums. Removing the buildup of plaque prevents tooth decay and gum disease.
A dental exam is typically included with your teeth cleaning. During the exam, the team evaluates your mouth for signs of decay, damage, or malocclusion (a bad bite). They also assess the soft tissues inside your mouth and check for abnormal growths. The visit may also include digital X-rays to view your tooth-supporting structures.
A dental filling is a treatment that restores the shape and size of your tooth after Dr. Lee and the team remove decay from it.
To learn more about general and preventive dentistry, call Personalee Dental or schedule an appointment online today.